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First off, unzip all supplies.
Open a new 800 x 800 pixel canvas. Be sure it is set to 72dpi resolution. You can always resize later.
The elements supplied in the kit all go into the tag! How convenient, right??
You can drag and drop items straight from your file browser into the canvas. This makes it faster to place items.
Instead of telling you exactly where to put what and what size to use, I am just going to show you a animated image of what I did. This way, you can create your own version of the tag without doing exactly what I have done.
When placing your elements, you can transform them again by going to Edit > Free Transform. Just be sure you hold the shift key to constrain the proportions. However, the elements from this kit shouldn’t need resized.
As you can see, it is pretty random. I just place the items where I think they might work.
Now, back to the frame-like ribbon layer. We need to add a fill layer to this frame.
Highlight the ribbon layer.
Grab your selection wand from the tools panel. If you can’t find it, check out the basics page for a better understanding of the tools layout.
The Selection Wand options should look like this at the top of your window:
Click on the center portion of the frame.
In the upper menu of Photoshop, click on Selection > Modify > Expand…
Expand your selection by 2px.
Highlight the layer UNDER the frame. You still have your selection, right? Great!
Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color… Choose a color from the tag. (hovering the canvas will turn your cursor into the dropper tool to easily grab a color)
Your layer should already have a mask. No need to add a mask this time.
Now you have a fill to your frame. Easy Peasy!
We definitely want to add some shadows to our elements. Without shadowing, the tag will just look flat. The secret to a good tag, is a good shadow effect.
Right click (or ctrl+click) a layer and choose “Blending Options.”
I add a drop shadow and an outer glow. The glow enhances the effect a bit.
Now after you have hit OK, right click the layer again and choose “Copy Layer Style.”
Highlight all of your element layers (click the top one, then shift + click the bottom one) and right click again. This time, choose “Paste Layer Style.”
It makes a HUGE difference to add shadows:
We can do better with the styling of the wordart, though… Let’s fix that! Right click the layer and “Clear layer style.”
Now add this style, instead:
Now that we have all of that done, time to add the next details. Tube and text. Fun!
Choose where you want your main tube to be placed. Highlight the layer you want your tube to appear above.
Now drag and drop your tube onto the canvas. Resize and adjust it to your liking. Always make sure you constrain your proportions while resizing. Hold the Shift key while you drag the corners.
Add the same drop shadow you did before.
Since the legs of this tube kind of chop off, let’s make it a bit “misted” at the bottom.
Highlight the tube layer in the layers panel.
Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All
In the layers panel, make sure the mask is highlighted. You can see the difference in the box encompassing the thumbnails.
Grab your eraser tool Right click the canvas. Set your eraser like this:
Now erase the bottom portion of the tag so that it nicely fits into the tag.
Resize before adding copyrights!
Highlight the top layer of the layers panel.
Grab your text tool and add the name you would like. Position it just where you want it and add a layer style. This is mine:
That leave us with the non-animated version of the tag! If you wold like to keep the JPG version, you can save here. Simply File > Save As… and choose the jpg option from the drop down box at the bottom of the dialog.
Here’s where it starts getting complicated. We want to add animation!
Highlight the masked color layer that you put behind the frame.
Make sure your Animation Panel is open. Window > Timeline (or Animation, if you are on earlier versios)
You will need to click the “Create Frame Animation” button. If you do not see this button, please refer to THIS page for more information about the timeline.
You will see that your first frame is already there. But… ignore it! We don’t need it.
File > Open… choose an animation that you’d like to use. I am going to show you how to use the 25 frame animations that I have at CDO.
You will see that all 25 layers are open and unhidden in the layers panel.
Highlight all of the layers. Click the bottom one, then hold shift and click the top one.
In the menu choose Layer > Group Layers
Now right click on your group in the layers panel and duplicate. BUT DON’T HIT OK, YET!
In the duplicate dialog, choose your tag from the dropdown box. If you haven’t saved by this point, you should see an “Untitled-1” option. (but you definitely should have saved before now. Remember, always save often.)
After you have chosen your tag, hit ok. You can close the animation file without saving.
Back to your tag.
You can resize and rotate the group using the Edit > Free Transform option. Be sure you are resizing the whole group, not just one layer. Don’t forget to hit the check mark at the top of the window to apply the transformation.
I like to rename the group to “Animation Group.” It just keeps everything tidy.
Let’s transfer the mask of the color layer onto the group. If you hold the ALT key while dragging the mask, you can apply it to another layer.
Now the animation will stay inside the frame.
Expand the group by clicking the little arrow beside the folder icon.
Highlight the topmost layer of the animation.
Let’s turn it grayscale so that it will be easier to recolor for the tag.
Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black and White
You can adjust the settings for this, but that’s for another time. We can leave it at default for now.
With the group highlighted, change the blend mode at the top of the layers panel to “Overlay.”
On the right side of your animation panel, click the 4 horizontal lines. Choose the option that says “Make Frames from Layers.”
Now, this made a mess of things, didn’t it?? LOL! But no, not really. You will see that it created a frame for every layer in your tag. And that’s ok!
Click on the first frame in the animation panel. At the bottom of the window, there is a trashcan icon. That deletes the frame. Delete all of the frames that aren’t part of the animation. You should be left with 25 frames that contain only the animation layers.
You will see that your tag only has one animation layer visible in each frame. You want this!
However, our animation is green again! Let’s fix that.
In the animations panel, click on the first frame. You MUST BE ON THE FIRST FRAME to do any kind of editing from here on out. ALWAYS make sure you are on the first frame. ALWAYS! I can’t stress that enough.
In the animation group, unhide the Black and White adjustment layer that we created a few steps ago. Now our animation is grayscale again! YAY!
You can collapse the group again now, so you don’t mistakenly unhide layers in there. Click on the little arrow icon beside the group icon in the layers panel.
Are you on the first frame of the animation yet? Good. Now we can continue.
In the Layers panel, unhide the background layer by clicking the little square box beside the layer thumbnail. An eye should appear…
Unfortunately, if you look in your animation panel, most of the time, that only unhides the background layer for the first animation frame. Just hide it again, and then unhide once more.
Photoshop has a strange sense of background layers. It doesn’t play nice. Thankfully, the bottom-most layer is the only one you have to click 3 times. (I sure hope you got all of that. It is hard to explain…)
Now, one by one, unhide all of the layers to your tag. DON’T touch the animation layers, though! Those are already spaced out the way they should be. Leave those alone.
After you have unhidden all of your tag layers, you can click play at the bottom of the animation panel to check out your creation!
If you would like to shorten the time of your animation, hold the CTRL button and highlight all of the odd numbered frames. After you have all of the odd numbers highlighted, click the trashcan icon at the bottom of the animation panel. I like to keep mine large… Bigger is better!
Oh, right! Don’t forget to set your frame delay.
Highlight all of your frames in the animation panel. Highlight the first frame and then hold shift. Click on the last frame. Now all frames are highlighted.
Click on the little arrow beside the time of the last frame. This will bring up a popup for more “delay” options.
Now you will need to save your animation as a gif file.
In your animation dialog, use these settings:
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you would like to have another tutorial with something specific, them please let me know by using the contact form of this site. I am always open to “guest” CT work, as well.
My “Forever List” can find their tags in their Fotki Folders.